A few days ago I was given one of these Lucky Jew Statues. My first thought was that it was comical, a statue of a Jewish man holding a Grosz ( a penny/ cent) that is supposed to bring prosperity (possibly wealth) to the owner, yet I then felt that this could be something bad that I was holding.
Making inquiries I was told, it was nothing but harmless fun, modern folklore, with no spite or malice intended.
Online there are a lot of skewed blogs ( by non-Poles) Stating that Poles are anti-Semitic due to the history of Jewish people in Poland (extermination and persecution by German and Russian Soviet Occupiers) with this as evidence, along with misunderstandings of the past and the often times complicated history of Poland.
After some thinking I have come to the conclusion that the Lucky Jew is harmless. So harmless in fact that in my city a Jewish Restaurant gives you a model, when you pay your bill, similar to the one in the photos.
These hand crafted models were made by Doye.art.pl, where they also make other models and magnets for all sorts of occasions, Beddings, Birthdays, ect .
Shot with a 50mm lens at F1.8, I lit the shot with a single lamp from the front right with Christmas lights in the background placed before some black card. Processed in Lightroom.
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